Bridges #15

Well, we’re off today to London, England – our last location for this series on bridges. There will be more bridges to come, but they’ll be part of a different series.

Time has passed since the beginning of January 2020, so I can’t pretend to remember the name of every bridge I photographed. Please forgive me if I get one or two wrong.

I felt it only right that this post should properly honour Tower Bridge whose photo has appeared on the labels of brown-sauce bottles everywhere in the UK. I took this shot from just outside the Tower of London, looking East.

Like brown sauce, you can’t get too much of a good thing, so the image above is one that I took, approaching sunset, looking West from Butlers Wharf on the other side of the bridge and on the other side of the river.

The following morning, after I took some shots of St Paul’s cathedral – directly across the bridge in the shot above – I crossed the Millennium Bridge, pictured above. The central descending and tapering section leads down to the river, while two narrower sections merge to form the main pedestrian span.

I did take some photographs from this end of the main span the previous night but the shot was plagued with ghosts. The capture required a longish exposure, so a canoodling couple mid-bridge became a blur. At the far end of the bridge, the passage of some people approaching – whom I didn’t see in the dark – caused the bridge to vibrate. That, and their movement, caused a cloud of ghostly images partly obscuring the Christmas tree at that end.

I was standing on the Millennium Bridge, looking westwards, when I took this snap of Waterloo Bridge. Luckily, at that time in the morning, no one else was crossing and vibrating it.

Crossing to the East of the bridge, I took this shot of Blackfriars Bridge with Tower Bridge illuminated in the distance behind.

Blackfriars Bridge again, with the city’s dawn skyline behind it. Beneath one of the bridge’s arches you may glimpse Cannon Street rail bridge.

Ending almost where I started you see Tower Bridge framing the, now, permanently-moored HMS Belfast – a Town-class light cruiser built for the Royal Navy.

Featured Photo

Today’s featured photo is of the Millennium Bridge by night, as seen from the riverside South Bank. For this photo I used my Pentax K-1 36 MP full-frame camera with my, then, brand-new 15-30 mm f/2.8 lens.

EXIF data were: 30 secs at f/7.1 and 30 mm. The ISO was 100 and the shot was taken tripod-mounted.

Author: writingandphotography0531

I am a retired local government officer. At that time, I was an IT manager and had associated responsibilities for training. I have previously been involved, in various organisations, with aspects of industrial training and management development. My hobby is photography and, until recently, hillwalking in Snowdonia. I have just written my first novel, Persephone and the Photographer, published as a Kindle eBook.

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